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Performing Arts

The Worcester Public Schools (WPS) offers a wide range of performing arts opportunities, both in-school, after school, and with community partners, for scholars in grades K-12. The Burncoat Arts Magnet Program offers a greater focus on the arts.

In-School Opportunities


Burncoat Arts Magnet Program

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Students in the Burncoat Arts Program perform in the spring concert.

Worcester Public Schools (WPS) offers a K-12 visual and performing arts pathway for students in the Burncoat Quadrant at the following schools: Worcester Arts Magnet Elementary (grades K-6), Burncoat Middle (7-8) and Burncoat High (9-12).

  • Worcester Arts Magnet Elementary (grades K-6) is both a neighborhood-enrollment and citywide-enrollment school.

  • Burncoat Middle (grades 7-8) and Burncoat High (grades 9-12) are neighborhood-enrollment schools that also accept students who live outside the enrollment zone through the Voluntary Transfer process.

  • How to Apply? View our Enrollment and Specialized Program pages for more information.

The Burncoat Arts Magnet Program allows students citywide to study visual and performing arts in depth. Students have more rigorous arts courses and performance opportunities, and the ability to work with professionals from their art form.

Many students who complete the program go on to study the arts in college, enter the field upon graduation, or study any range of majors in college.

The program cultivates 21st-century essential skills such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and creativity, empowering students to excel in any chosen path. If you have questions about the program, please email Aimee Kewley, Arts Department Head for Burncoat High School. For questions about enrollment, visit the Enrollment or Specialized Program pages, or call the Parent Information Center at 508-799-3194.

Worcester UNITES: After School Band and Orchestra Program

The Worcester UNITES program (formerly known as “Burncoat UNITES”) was conceived and directed by students. It provides students in grades 4-12  ensemble opportunities that may not be available at their home schools. The program is free and held after school on Wednesdays and Thursdays from January through April. An summer session is offered in late June from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM.

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Beyond School Opportunities

The following performing arts programs are offered for youth in the City of Worcester but are not operated by the Worcester Public Schools:

Our Community Partners

Our community partners make us successful and remind our students of the power of partnership. They provide financial and artistic support , including master classes, organizational advice, guest conducting and more.